Do You Use a Door-Opening Decision-Making Process?

[fa icon="calendar"] April 29, 2016 / by Ray Van Gilst

open_closed_doorsHere’s a great blog we’d like to you share with you about the ways we, as individuals, often make decisions by just waiting for the “right” time and circumstances. While it can be an emotional roller coaster, sometimes, it’s never the right time and we may be missing an opportunity all together.

 Posted by: Keith Webb

“Open Doors” Is The Wrong Way To Make Decisions

A business owner told me he wanted to expand into a new market but hadn’t found an open door yet. I smiled and said, “Sometimes you’ve got to kick a door in to open it.” Looking for an open door is the wrong way to make a decision. 

It’s surprising to me how popular it is to make decisions based on “open doors.” As you explore opportunities, you look for open doors. If a door is closed, you continue looking until you find an open one.

I’ve heard this decision-making grid applied to job hunting, sales, moving to a new city, starting new ministry approaches, fundraising, and buying a house.

Where does open doors decision-making come from? There’s something in our Calvinistic roots that equates an open door to God’s guidance. Even non-religious folks speak of fate, or jokingly as “the stars being in alignment.”

Open Doors May Lead to Mediocrity

In my son’s senior year he received invitations from universities almost daily inviting him to attend their schools. The university he preferred, the one that best aligned with his career goals, was not a sure thing. If he chose a college based on open doors, he would settle for an education below his abilities and worse, one that wouldn’t lead to his career goal.

My son’s example is clear. But for some reason we become fuzzy when it comes to things like finding customers, a job, or financial donors. It’s the same for these decisions. Open doors may be the path to mediocrity.

Open doors may be good decisions, but they can also lead to:

  • The path everyone else is taking, causing you to blend in and lose distinctiveness.
  • Pre-packaged solutions that don’t fully meet your needs.
  • Paths that are easy now, but require more work down the road.
  • Tempting activities that distract you from your vision.

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In the end, when you’re trying to make the best choice, it’s not about open or closed doors, but the process you’re using to make what you hope to be a wise decision.



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